Hailes Abbey - National Trust

c13th ruins of Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire
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The Cistercian abbey of Hailes was founded in 1246 in Gloucestershire by the Earl of Cornwall in thanks for surviving a shipwreck. Though never housing large numbers of monks, it held a renowned relic, ‘the Holy Blood of Hailes’ – allegedly a phial of Christ’s own blood. After the dissolution in 1539 just a few of the cloister arches remained, together with the foundations of the church. Today it is a beautiful and serene spot for a picnic in the Cotswold countryside and everyone in the family can be guaranteed an interesting, relaxed day out at Hailes Abbey.

Bring the abbey to life with our vivid interpretation panels and free audio tour and see site finds in the museum. Imagine how the monks and lay brothers once lived, ate and slept, and see the clever Cistercian drain which still works after 750 years.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Sacred space

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

4.20/3.80/2.50, NT members free, but charge for audio tour (£1) and special events


  • English Heritage

Hailes Abbey - National Trust
Near Winchcombe
GL54 5PB






01242 602398

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